The Charlotte mayoral race looks likely to be more hotly contested than previously expected. Issues of LGBTQ rights will take center stage, with House Bill 2 and the “repeal” bill, House Bill 142, making headlines.
The issue of police violence is also likely to be a key factor, after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott and the subsequent protests and unrest. Other main topics of debate will likely include housing and rising rents, working with versus defying the state government, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts is being challenged by Charlotte City Council members Vi Lyles (D) and Kenny Smith (R), as well as Sen. Joel Ford (D).
The election is set for Nov. 7, with a primary to take place Sept. 12 and a second one taking place on Oct. 10 if necessary.
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Update (8/28): There are now several more candidates running on the Democratic and Republican side for the primary. Read our Charlotte mayoral preview for more.
Also, note that early voting has now begin. Here’s everything you need to know about early voting, which runs through Sept. 9.